• Never Host a Mega-Event? [Link]

    Hosting a giant sporting event like the Olympics or the Super Bowl seems like a great idea for cities…at first. It’s a chance for tens of thousands of fans to come to your city and spend their money. Of course, you have to make sure that this sudden influx of people has somewhere to go. And that they’ll spend enough to outweigh any costs of staging the event. And that people will return once the event is long gone. Economist Andrew Zimbalist is familiar with all the problems that come with hosting mega-events. His latest book about the subject, Circus Maximus, is available now and CityLab interviewed Zimbalist to find out why these big events turn out to be such bad deals for cities.

  • From Gluten-Free Beer to Kombucha, Alcohol Options for Health-Conscious Drinkers [Link]

    With so many choices available thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of the craft beer movement, there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker. In fact, even people who couldn’t drink beer before are finding ways to enjoy a cold brew. Coconut water, kombucha, and gluten-free ingredients are all finding their way into concoctions made to appeal to a broad demographic of health-conscious drinkers, enabling more and more people to get buzzed. And what could be wrong with that?

  • 10 Need-To-Know Tips for Cooking With Wine

    With the holidays behind us, you may find yourself with a few (dozen) bottles of unfinished wine. But before you start pouring it down the sink, resolving never to drink a drop of alcohol again, try using it in your cooking. Red or white, still or bubbly, all wine has a place in cooking. Plus, the alcohol cooks out of it, so you’d still be keeping your temperance resolution. Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your leftover wine.

  • A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Steve Jobs about Business [Link]

    Steve Jobs created Apple, built it into one of the biggest tech companies, was given the boot, then triumphantly returned and transformed the company into the world’s largest. Although he’s been gone for over four years, there is still a lot to learn from the man, especially when it comes to business. Check out these powerful quotes and learn to apply them to your life.

  • “The Interview” Joins the Ranks of These Banned or Restricted Movies [Link]

    All of Hollywood was in an uproar last week when the big theater chains backed out of showing The Interview. As much as George Clooney and other celebrity busybodies wanted to believe this was an unprecedented move and a sure path to censorship of stoner comedies yet-to-come, the fact is that Hollywood and governments have been banning or restricting movies pretty much since the medium was invented.


    If you’re like most folks, chances are you’ll find yourself traveling for the holidays. And if this winter is anything like last year, you’ll find yourself stuck at an airport along the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to pick at a $9 chicken sandwich made days ago while you try to figure out how to use the free WiFi. Airports these days have plenty of great options, especially when it comes to drinking. Here are your best bets in America’s ten busiest airports.

  • World’s Highest-Paid Musicians 2014 [Link]

    The top 10 earning musicians made over $1.4 billion combined last year. Almost half of that came from number one on the list, Dr. Dre, whose payout from Apple’s purchase of Beats helped him earn $620 million, way more than anyone else on the list. But who are the other top earners in music? Check out the list of the 30 highest-paid musicians in 2014 to find out.

  • The 6 Wildest Stories From Leonardo DiCaprio’s Long, Party-Filled History [Link]

    Leonard DiCaprio has been in the news after he was recently seen leaving a Miami nightclub with 20 women. Not bad for a 40-year-old who’s never won an Oscar. But that’s just one of many wild stories about Leo. Check out this look at his history with the ladies, including tales from when he was a member of the “pussy posse” with buddies Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas (remember that dude?).


    With the new year coming, you may be looking to make a change in your life. And one of the biggest changes you can make is moving to a different city. But in this vast country of ours, where should you head? Vocativ has come up with the 35 Best Cities For People Under 35. Using their “Livability Index” which ranks each city in categories like demographics, housing, transportation, and food, they’ve come up with a list with a variety of choices, including many that don’t often make the cut on these types of lists. Have you ever considered Garland, Texas or Winston-Salem, North Carolina? Maybe you should. Hell, even if you’re not looking to move, it’s nice to see where your city ranks just for bragging rights. Unless your city didn’t rank, in which case you should probably start packing your bags. Check out THE LIVABILITY INDEX: THE 35 BEST U.S. CITIES FOR PEOPLE 35 AND UNDER at Vocativ

  • I Spent One Day Experiencing the Future of Movies, and It Was Full of 4-D Katnisses and Virtual-Reality Narwhals [Link]

    3D movies have been around for more than half a century, but it wasn’t until they went high-def and IMAX supersized in recent years that the technology became more than just a silly novelty for campy horror movies. And we’ve really enjoyed the 3D experience for the last few years. However, we move at a fast pace these days, and 3D is already becoming stale. What’s next? 4D of course! Regal has now opened its first 4DX theater in Los Angeles, complete with rumbling seats, scents, and simulated elements to immerse you in the onscreen world. But is the $27 ticket price worth it?

  • How to ‘Live Slow’ in the City That Never Stops [Link]

    Even in New York City, where you pay about a billion dollars a square foot for your apartment, you may still find yourself accumulating a ton of junk that you don’t need or never use. It’s possible (and possibly sanity-saving) to downsize, declutter, and slow down in New York. But how do you start living the simple life in the city that never sleeps? Check out this advice from William Powers, author of New Slow City.

  • MIT Is Giving Students Free Bitcoin [Link]

    Although Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, has lost much of its value since the outrageous highs witnessed earlier this year, it is becoming a more accepted form of payment. In an effort to study just how Bitcoin adopters use the currency, MIT is giving students $100 worth of Bitcoin to spend however they want. Researchers will collect data to see how the money is spent and how the students feel about the cryptocurrency. So…do Cambridge-area Chipotle accept Bitcoin?

  • Wish List: 19 Awesome Gifts Under $50, From Bacon Soap to Beer Glasses [Link]

    Looking for some great gifts that won’t break the bank? Wired has you covered. The tech magazine has found 19 fun and interesting gifts that all cost under $50. From the Burton Barracuda, an insulated, over-the-shoulder six-pack cooler, to the rad, retro Royal Typewriter, you’re bound to find something for that someone on your list who you don’t want to spend too much on. Protip: No matter awesome all of these products are, DO NOT buy for your girlfriend.

  • The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks [Link]

    Long before there was a Starbucks on every corner in Manhattan, there was a chain of South American themed coffee houses known as Double R. The chain was owned and operated by Teddy Roosevelt’s sons Kermit, Ted, and Archie and daughter Ethel. Each table was supplied with ink, paper and envelopes and dictionaries and encyclopedias were available. Like email and Internet of the 1920s! So what happened to the coffee house chain?

  • The Ultimate Pulp Fiction Filming Location Map of Los Angeles [Link]

    It’s been 20 years since a young, fast-talking, obscenely-chinned filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino unleashed Pulp Fiction on the world. The movie made a middle-aged Samuel L Jackson a star and offered John Travolta a second chance that he pissed away within a few years (Remember Broken Arrow? Ugh). In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Curbed LA tracked down the real locations from the iconic film. Can someone in California go to the pawn shop and let us know if there’s a basement…and a gimp?

  • The painful what-if that haunts ‘Ghostbuster’ Ernie Hudson [Link]

    Ghostbusters celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, but one of the paranormal exterminators has bittersweet feeling towards the iconic film. When Ernie Hudson signed on to play Winston Zeddemore, the character was as much of a part of the team as Peter, Egon, and Ray. But when it came time to film, everything had changed. Read all about the experience in Hudson’s own words in this touching essay.

  • Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder [Link]

    Billy Joel’s first album came out over 40 years ago and he hasn’t released a new pop album in over 20 years, but the Piano Man is still going strong. Catch up with the 65-year-old performer in this New Yorker interview at his Long Island home before a Madison Square Garden performance last month.

  • Real Men Wear Lucha Libre Masks [Link]

    Everyone loves the colorful masks worn by Mexico’s Lucha Libre wrestlers but there is so much more to enjoy about the Mexico’s unique take on American-style professional wrestling. The insane speed and high-flying acrobatics of the athletes makes for spectacular entertainment. Now a new TV show, Lucha Underground, takes a look at the real men behind those kooky masks.

  • A complete list of every president’s favorite drink [Link]

    Just because the President of the United States is the most powerful man in the world, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t enjoy a drink every now and then. 67% of American men are drinkers, and those that imbibe average 6.2 drinks per week. So it only makes sense that more than a few of our presidents have been drinkers. Check out these facts about the drinking habits of every president and be amazed at how many of them enjoyed Madeira. Jeez, you’d think we had a bunch of Romantic poets for president the first hundred years.


    We’ve all had those late nights in our hotel rooms, returning after a night of out-of-town debauchery, where we wanted nothing more than to eat that $20 Toblerone or drink a $8 bottle of water. But even in our inebriated state, we’ve managed to keep the insane costs in mind, guaranteeing the forbidden fruit of the minibar never to be plucked. Loews Regency hotels realized this and began offering “milk the minibar” options where can you eat whatever you want for $30 (on top of your $600 room, of course). But just because you can now afford to eat and drink everything, should you do it?

  • The London Beer Flood, 200 Years Ago [Link]

    Although a beer flood sounds like something out of an amazing dream, London actually experienced such an occurrence and it was quite the nightmare. On October 17, 1814, a giant vat of porter exploded and beer flooded the streets of London, killing eight. On the 200th anniversary, take a look back and the learn the causes and effects of the bizarre disaster.

  • The 50 Best Craft Beers Every Man Must Try [Link]

    Fall is here and with a new season comes a great time to start trying some new beers—especially because you’ll be stocking up for the winter sooner than you think. But nowadays, when you walk into your local beermonger you are surrounded by thousands of microbrews with punny names that don’t help you figure out the flavor in the slightest. Fear not! For GQ has enlisted the help of 10 different beer experts to guide you through the best craft beers in 10 different categories. Now go and sample a few (or 50).

  • Need Some Alone Time? Check Out America’s Coolest Ghost Towns [Link]

    Americans have a long history of someone making a few bucks in some remote location and everyone else following soon after, wringing every last resource from the land while building a town in the process. Once there are no more fortunes to be made, everyone packs up and moves on. Various mineral and natural resource booms over the last two centuries have left our great nation’s landscape dotted with some really fun and freaky ghost towns. Take a look at this list from The Smithsonian and find the best towns where you don’t have to worry about HOA regulations and loud neighbors. Well, not living ones anyway.

  • Isolation and hallucinations: the mental health challenges faced by astronauts [Link]

    Thanks to social media allowing for constant communication between astronauts and those of us too dumb and scared to ever go to space, we get to see just what life is like floating above the Earth. And it looks like great fun, complete with sing-alongs from everyone’s favorite Canadian, Chris Hadfield. But is it really as fun and carefree as it looks? Apparently not, with psychological anguish and hallucinations reported by spacemen for decades. And with plans for lengthy Mars missions in the works, these issues could prove to be a giant hurdle.

  • You Don’t Need 8 Glasses Of Water A Day [Link]

    For years we’ve all been told that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day. This has led to everyone carrying around water bottles that they refill multiple times a day in an effort to maintain their health. But is it necessary? Does drinking so much water do anything besides leading to more bathroom breaks? And where did that magical number 8 even come from?

  • 28 Explosive Music Rivalries [Link]

    Modigliani and Picasso. Jerry Seinfeld and Newman. The Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals. Famous rivalries have existed in all facets of life since Cain slew Abel and popular music is no exception. Revisit these 28 rivalries in music and fin out what the beef was between Kanye West and 50 Cent, Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses, and many more.

  • 27 Successful People Reveal The Things They Can’t Live Without [Link]

    We’re always looking to successful businesspeople for advice on tips to help us attain a fraction of their success. But the reality is, everyone is different and there’s no one thing that will work for everybody. But if you take a big enough pool of successful folks, chances are something will help you out. LinkedIn asked over 50 of their influencers, including Richard Branson, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and Deepak Chopra, what they couldn’t live without in their daily lives. And here Business Insider presents the 27 best answers. Better start taking notes…

  • Going West: The World of Live Action, Competitive Oregon Trail [Link]

    Growing up in the 90s, the best part of computer class was when you finished your boring typing assignment and were allowed to fire up Oregon Trail on an Apple II or, if your school was particularly wealthy, Macintosh computer. There was no greater respite from the drudgery of schoolwork than shooting buffalo, fording rivers, and trying not to die of cholera. But now we’re adults and playing computer games from 25 years ago would be silly. Good thing someone has devised a live action Oregon Trail competition. And it sounds amazing.

  • A Definitive Ranking of 25 Derek Jeter Commercials

    Sure, Derek Jeter is a fine player and it’s sad that he’s retiring form the Yankees, but baseball wasn’t the only place where Jeter left his mark. Since becoming a superstar athlete, he’s also had a long career starring in TV commercials. While others are focusing on Jeter’s defining moment on the field, New York Magazine has take on the tough job of ranking his commercials. And I guarantee there will be more than a few that you forgot about but you’ll be happy to see again.


    When Live from New York: The Complete Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests by James Andrew Miller was first published to coincide with SNL’s 30th anniversary, it offered an in-depth, never before seen look at the show and its creator and producer, Lorne Michaels. Now the book has been updated for the 40th anniversary, with stories from the last 10 years added. To coincide with the release, Miller sat down with Esquire to discuss 5 important lessons we could all learn from Lorne Michaels.